May 24, 2017 Edition

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Witt ~ Young


Lovan Melvie Arnold David L. Doyle David Carl Fry
Neatress Fultner John Clay Hilburn Mamie Mount
Lucy Beth Vance


Witt ~ Young

Together with their families, Jordan McKenzie Witt and Christopher Lou John Young announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

Jordan is the daughter of Eddie and Ronda Witt of Strawberry. She is the granddaughter of F.K. and Nina Willmuth of Strawberry and the late Ed Witt and late Frankie Witt.

Chris is the son of Michael and Carolyn Keck of Cord and the late Johnny Young. He is the grandson of Rex and Linda Paul of Cord and the late Pete and Lorraine Young.

The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Cave City High School and graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is employed at Jonesboro Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory in Batesville.

The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Cord Charlotte High School and a graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. He is a sales representative for Bad Boy Mowers in Batesville.

The couple will exchange vows on June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cherry Farm Wedding/Event Barn in Poughkeepsie. All friends and relatives are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

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Lovan Melvie Arnold

Lovan Melvie Arnold, 82, of Hoxie, formerly of Swifton, died May 15, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 31, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Arkey Willis and Jessie Wallin Goza. She was a homemaker and a member of Abiding Faith Church in Swifton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Arnold; and three brothers, Carroll, Charles and Jerry Goza.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Arnold, Swifton; a daughter, Pam Bradsher, Jonesboro; a brother, Sammy Goza, Russellville; a sister, Bernice Henderson, Swifton; a grandson, Matthew Arnold; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Chrystian Arnold.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Abiding Faith Church in Swifton with Sister Johnnie Ruth Owens and Bro. Thomas Patterson officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steven Dobbs, Cleatus Thompson, Bobby Tinsley, Jason Runsick and Matthew Arnold. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Reed, Tim Goza, Ricky Henderson, Danny Henderson, Tim Shelton, Don Alls, Doug Arnold, Steve Arnold, Dennis Alls and Tim Taylor.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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David L. Doyle

David L. Doyle, 82, of Jonesboro, died May 10, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 21, 1934, in the Arbor Grove community, he lived most of his life in Northeast Arkansas. He moved to Jonesboro in 1977, after retiring from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and worked in the Special Ministries Program. While living in Jonesboro, he also retired from Roadway Trucking as the Garage Operations Manager. He enjoyed playing the guitar, piano and singing.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Doyle; his parents; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Doyle; a son, Mike Doyle and wife Koy, Bangkok, Thailand; two daughters, Lisa Doyle, of the home, and Angie Liggett and husband Don, Jonesboro; a brother, Bob Doyle, Forrest City; six grandchildren, Leslie Edwards, Rachel Doyle, Chris Goodman, Jessica Doyle, Amber Stone and April Bollinger; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 17, at Central Baptist Church. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Cooper, Harry Puddhephatt, Larry McNair, Central Baptist Special Ministries and the Burgess Life Group.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Special Ministries Program, 3707 Harrisburg Road, Jonesboro, AR 72404.

An online guestbook is available at

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David Carl Fry

David Carl Fry, 57, of Hoxie, died May 17, 2017, at his home.

Born April 17, 1960, in Bath, Maine, he worked for Jones and Vining as a technical programmer and machine operator for several years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Teri Loyd Fry, in June 2015; and his father, Theo "Shelby" Carl Fry.

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle "Shell" Nelson and husband Devan, Hoxie; two sons, Joshua Donley, Imboden, and Billy Holder, Denver; his mother, Betty Fry, Hoxie; four sisters, Ann Fry and Linda Sluder and husband Rick, all of Walnut Ridge, Mary Horton and husband Terry, Black Rock, and Carol Beller and husband Dwayne, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a brother, Bobby Gates, Walnut Ridge; and six grandchildren, Shelby Chesser, Misty Chesser, Jurney Nelson, Ivee Kirby, Dominick Donley and Finn Holder.

Funeral was Saturday at 5 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Brian Smith officiating.

Pallbearers were Derek Horton, Hunter Horton, Jake Palmer, Brandon Sluder, Brice Sluder, Cassie Palmer, Katy Hutchinson, Josh Donley and Macy Beller. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Gates, David Dobbs, The Sears Gang - Daniel Bridges, Jerry Holbrook, Kenneth Dulaney, Tammy Hester, Julie Morgan, Tommy Colburn, Skeeter Rorex and the employees of Jones and Vining.

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Neatress Fultner

Neatress Maenon Webb Fultner, 74, of Hoxie, died May 17, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 25, 1942, in Cash, she was a homemaker and a member of Free Worship Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Rev. Charles "Jack" Fultner, whom she married Oct. 23, 1957; her parents, James and Stella McQuay Webb; a sister, Leaverda Fultner; a brother, Larry Webb; and a granddaughter, Erica L. Fultner.

Survivors include two sons, Ernie Fultner and wife Donna, Hoxie, and Charles Ray Fultner and wife Pam, Cord; a daughter, Beverly Rorex and husband Tony, Hoxie; two sisters, Sue Nelson, Imboden, and Brenda Lamb, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, David Webb, Pocahontas, Danny Webb, Light, and Daniel Webb, Hoxie; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Ray Fultner, Ernie Fultner and David Webb officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, north of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Tony Webb, Wesley Rogers, Tim Richey, Kenny Cole, Jake Fultner and Dewayne Fultner. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Collins and Gary Fultner.

An online guestbook is available at

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John Clay Hilburn

John Clay Hilburn, 61, of Batesville, died May 19, 2017, at the White River Medical Center.

Born Dec. 1, 1955, in Walnut Ridge, he was a diesel mechanic and worked in local factories.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Clay Sr. and Cliddie Mae Ball Hilburn; and a sister, Debbie Reynolds.

Survivors include his wife, Celia Hilburn; two children, Julie and Donnie; three brothers, Lehman Hilburn, Strawberry, Sam Massey, Providence, and Mike Hilburn, Maryland; and three sisters, Shirley Ballard, Lawrence, Kan., Stephanie Hilburn, Maryland, and Kathy Massey, Bull Shoals.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Steve Smith and Burl Young officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mamie Mount

Mamie Alma Mount, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died May 18, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 31, 1919, in McNairy County, Tenn., she was the daughter of James Monroe and Daisy Rains Chapman. She was a homemaker and a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Aubrey O'Connor; two grandchildren, Michael O'Connor and David Gill; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris Gill and husband Colbert, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Greg Gill and wife Kim, Walnut Ridge, Keith Gill, San Diego, Teresa Wheelis, Cherokee Village, and Lawrence O'Connor and wife Natalie, San Antonio; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Gary, Emily and Nash; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Greg Gill, Gary Gill, Nash Gill, Luke Gill, Lawrence O'Connor and Scott Faldon.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lucy Beth Vance

Lucy Beth Vance, 55, formerly of Portia, died May 1, 2017, in Bayside, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cleburne Eldridge Vance; and a brother, James Cleburne Vance.

Survivors include three children, Quinn Hill, Hayley Vance and Nicole Turner and husband Chad; her mother, Rosa Fay Vance, Portia; two sisters, Pat Crittenden and Susan Fitzgerald; two brothers, Craig Vance and Terry Vance; two grandchildren, Carter and Skylynn Turner; two nieces and four nephews.

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